The arrival of sunny days often rhymes with the return of rats to homes located in the Greater Montreal area. The most common are mules and mice. Once inside, these rodents of the muridae family are able to cause great nuisance. Fortunately, there are effective solutions to protect against the invasion of these critters. The problem, however, is how to recognize them in order to apply the appropriate technique to their extermination? This is what we discuss in this article.
What is the difference between a mule and a mouse?
Both the mule and the mouse are rodents with two incisors. Generally, it is difficult to differentiate between these two mammals. Yet their behaviors and characteristics differ widely.
The mullet is a very greedy rodent capable of damaging your garden just to satisfy its appetite. In adulthood, this animal measures about 10.5 cm and has small eyes, small ears and a tail of 6-9 cm. With a weight varying between 13 and 27 g, the mule has stronger hind legs and is able to make excellent jumps. In general, it feeds on young plants, berries, fungi, earthworms, root vegetables, seeds, snails and insects. It should be noted, however, that his diet varies from one season to another.
A rodent mammal widespread throughout the world, the mouse differs essentially by its ingenuity and intelligence that make it often difficult to catch. In general, an adult mouse measures about 9.5 cm and has a tail of the same length. With large eyes, large ears and small paws, this critter weighs about 30 g. It usually feeds on roots, fruits, meat, mushrooms, seeds and vegetables. When conditions are favorable, the mouse can nest in your home in order to easily access food for maintenance.
Mulot vs Mouse
From its Latin name “Apodemus sylvaticus”, the mullet is an omnivore very present in the Greater Montreal area. Easily recognizable thanks to its white belly and beige dark brown or red coat, this rodent has a longevity of 18 to 20 months. During its life cycle, the Scots mullet is able to have up to 4 litters with about 4-6 cubs each time.
Unlike the field vole (mullet), the mouse has a longer lifespan that varies between two and three years. From the Latin “Mus musculus”, this rodent mammal has an enormous reproductive capacity. Indeed, the mouse can have up to 8 litters per year with about 16 babies each time.
Like other rodents, mules and mice are active at night to look for food. If nothing is done for their relocation, these small rodents can colonize your home in no time and cause significant damage.
How to differentiate a mule from a mouse?
Differentiating a mule from a mouse is not an easy task. Indeed, at first glance, these rodent mammals are almost identical. However, they have specific physical characteristics to recognize them. In general, the behavior of a mule differs from that of a mouse. It is therefore up to you to monitor the way your invaders act to know what type of rodent you are dealing with.
Rodents are usually nocturnal and it is difficult to identify their presence. However, there are a few signs to quickly detect an invasion to take the necessary measures. So, if you notice hollows of earth in your house or some of your sons are eaten by small teeth, it is sure that rodents have made their nests in your home. Similarly, damaged crops in the garden, small droppings in corners, the presence of strong odors such as ammonia… are all signs that should alert you.
Professional extermination of rats with Urgence Faune
Faced with a mouse infestation, the first reflex is to use repellents, a trap or other products for their poisoning. If these approaches sometimes work, they unfortunately do not definitively solve the problem souris Québec. It is for this reason that it is recommended to entrust the work to a qualified mouse exterminator.
Thanks to its expertise and experience in decontamination in Quebec, Urgence Faune can bring you the best solution without wasting time. Indeed, this company has the necessary skills to exterminate all kinds of rodents. Whether it’s gray mice or black mules, you can be sure to quickly decontaminate your home. Once on the scene, your Laval exterminator performs a smoke test to identify the rat dungeon. Then, it uses the appropriate technique for relocation, capture or rescue of animals. Do not hesitate to ask for the intervention of our company.